Cambridge Associates, LLC

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Cambridge Associates, LLC Reviews

Updated May 25, 2014
Cambridge Associates, LLC – Boston – “A global leader of investment advisory services”

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3.5 125 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Cambridge Associates, LLC Chairman and CEO Sandra A. Urie

Sandra A. Urie

(91 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the industry, there is good work/life balance at Cambridge Associates(in 22 reviews)

  • Opportunity to learn about all asset classes through due diligence on top investment managers, research, etc(in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours during peak periods, work can sometimes be repetitive(in 12 reviews)

  • status reporting, and (3) data entry(in 8 reviews)

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    Good people, great work/life balance, interesting clients and work

    Senior Investment Advisor (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsGood people
    Great balance
    Diversity of clients
    Interesting topics to cover

    ConsNot too tech savvy
    Clients ultimately make their own decisions
    Billable hours (at least you have to keep track of them)
    Bureaucratic for a client-services business

    Advice to Senior ManagementMandate innovation, best practices and true thought leadership from the top down, rather than merely repurposing models and exhibits for various clients with different titles as cost/time effectively as possible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefits, flexible environment, lack of direction

    IT Professional (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsGreat benefits, flexible hours, possible work-from-home options (depending on position)

    ConsLack of communication across departments and even within some departments. The IT department has lack of vision, undefined career paths, little investment in employee growth/training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Make your own career path.

    Investment Performance Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsCan pursue your own specific interests. Autonomy. Very intellectual colleagues. Great opportunity for professional advancement. Significant market exposure.

    ConsLow salary for the industry. Limited vertical movement potentials. Long hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp the staff advance their careers more fully. Professional Development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company if your smart and knowledgeable in finance

    Investment Performance Analyst (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsIf you put in the work, you will do well. On going training is very helpful to gain knowledge in different areas of finance and investments. Improves your knowledge of finance and investments.

    ConsCareer growth sucks. Managers play favorites to staff that hangs out with them out side of work. Girls are favored as well since there aren't many in the performance department. Lots of turnover, and not just as much as you would expect in entry level finance firm. LOT MORE. Management is improving the performance department, but this transition has caused half of the previous staff to leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore employee empowerment needed. Otherwise good. The changes are good for the position, and will improve down the road.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unique Experience but overall positive

    Senior Research Analyst (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    Pros- Because of the timing of some department shifts I was able to have accelerated growth within the department. With that said there is room for growth alongside hard work.
    - Decent work-life balance
    - Pro professional designations (CFA/CAIA help financially)
    - Extremely intelligent co-workers

    Cons- Salary; despite numerous promotions the ceiling for salary is not comparable to others in the area. Not to say you can't make a decent living, it's just not the same regarding salary level.
    - Communication between departments is limited, despite groups working together.
    - Consultant-first attitude leads to disdain towards consultants.
    - Too focused on low-turnover. Many employees skate by without really putting in the hours of others, but a refusal by management to cut ties leads to complacency and leads to bad work ethic going unpunished.

    Advice to Senior Management- Re-evaluate how you view terminating employees. Your view towards retaining talent is good, but you allow complacency with tenured individuals who do not hold their weight.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting, Broadening, but can be limited career progression

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsNice people, senior management makes the effort to get know you, Interesting topics and great depth in knowledge within the firm, good work life balance if you are in the right team

    Constakes a long time to be promoted, not a lot of certainty about career path, as with many junior positions the work can get repetitive after a while

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good first job in finance

    Investment Performance Analyst (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsThis was a great opportunity out of college. Room to learn about alternative investments (private equity). Gain exposure to many different portfolios and private equity funds

    ConsThere is not much room for advancement if you are there for more than 3 years and haven't been significantly promoted. High turnover at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Consulting associate role is a great experience, but can dominate your life.

    Consulting Associate (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsThe associate group is a young and very collegiate (you can get help when you are overworked). It is a great experience for recent grads.

    ConsThe pay is a little depressing when you are there until 3 or 4 in the morning every day for a month. There is almost no possibility for career advancement for associates. It's three years and out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAssociate morale gets pretty low and the perception is that management does not care. It is a client-focused firm so client requests must be honored, but management should do more to bolster morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start a career in the investment industry

    Consulting Associate (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGreat big picture introduction to asset management. You learn about asset allocation, manager selection, risk management.

    Chance to work with some great colleagues. Many supervisors are supportive, friendly, and genuinely interested in your career development. Less office politics than other investment firms.

    If you do a good job, management will try to assign you to projects related to your career interests.

    You can get into a Top 10 MBA program.

    ConsPay is relatively low. You are expected to work long hours compared to how much you are paid.

    While the work is challenging at first, it becomes repetitive after a year or so.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement has done a great job of growing the company. Since it was founded, Cambridge has become the worldwide leader in investment consulting. Leadership should be proud of the job they've done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Thumbs Up

    Consulting Associate (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    Prosexperience
    broad exposure
    work with lots of teams/personalities/experience levels
    lots of responsibility for a first job (ie - hiring done by Consulting Associates)

    Conshours can be long; pay isn't the best
    bonuses fail to reflect performance

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart firing those with no value add - and give their pay to those who work hard!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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